*Recipe by Katherine from the Small Steps Team
Looking for a gluten and grain free option for crackers over the festive season? These almond crackers are super simple to make and can be made vegan using flaxseed instead of egg (which also results in a lighter textured cracker).
Recipe: Grain-free Almond Crackers
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour (see notes)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg OR 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tbsp water
- Salt and/or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Mix the almond flour, salt and egg or flax mixture together in a medium bowl to make a sticky dough.
- Leave to sit for a few minutes, then place half of the dough onto a piece of baking paper, cover with another piece of baking paper and roll out to about 2mm thickness. If desired, remove the top sheet of baking paper, sprinkle the crackers with salt and/or sesame seeds, then replace the baking paper and roll lightly to stick the salt and seeds to the dough before removing the top layer of baking paper again.
- Cut the dough into small squares or rectangles using a knife or pizza cutting wheel.
- Lift the crackers and baking paper (leaving the crackers joined together) onto a baking tray.
- Repeat process with remaining dough.
- Place trays into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and firm. The crackers around the edges with cook faster, so you can remove them when ready to allow the centre crackers to cook further.
- Allow the crackers to cool, then separate and store in an airtight container when completely cooled.
The terms almond flour and almond meal are often used interchangeably, but the almond flour required for this recipe is different from regular coarse almond meal. It is finer, and is made from blanched almonds rather than whole almonds with skin, so it has a creamy white appearance. It is widely available in health food stores and in supermarkets, where you can usually find it in the baking aisle with the dried fruits and nuts (although it may be labelled almond meal rather than almond flour). Just make sure that you choose one that is a creamy white meal, rather than with darker flecks of almond skin mixed through. Alternatively, you can make your own using blanched almonds in a high-powered blender or food processor.